Happy 100th Birthday, Wasatch Mountain Club!
Although our in-person Big Birthday Bash at Red Butte has been postponed to May 13, 2021, there are lots of creative ways to celebrate, this month and throughout the year. Here are some other Centennial shares:
- While we have limited activities organized through the club calendar, individuals can indeed get outdoors responsibly. Members may wish to connect with a small group of WMC friends (wilderness limits and our own WMC sensibility will dictate small groups), select a low-use area (yes, there are plenty of those nearby!), and follow all the current protocols (https://coronavirus-download.utah.gov/business/Utahs_Moderate_Risk_Phase_Flyer_English.pdf). We deeply appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as the WMC board, and all of the activity directors, work through how these guidelines apply to the various WMC activities that get posted on the WMC calendar.
- The complete collection of Charles Keller’s Faint Trails in the Wasatch articles are now available on the WMC website. This is a special gift from Charles, a past WMC president and author of The Lady in the Ore Bucket (a history of the settlement and industry in the tri-canyon area of the Wasatch). Charles authored and published these 97 “Faint Trails” articles in the WMC Ramblers between 2005 and 2015. Yes, anyone can read them all by pulling up the Ramblers individually, but access to the collection with the click of a button is a members-only benefit. On the club website, under Members, check out Faint Trails in the Wasatch.
- Tony Hellman, past Social Director and forever WMC enthusiast, has set up a WMC Blood Drive. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Only 3 out of 100 Americans donate blood – and that's not enough. Right now, there's an urgent need for donations of all blood types, and we can help fill in the gaps! The WMC and Friends can celebrate our 100th birthday by giving blood without the normal scrapes of “exploring” our glorious outdoors. Our goal is 100 pints ... of blood, not beer! Tony has rated this WMC Activity as ranging from an NTD to EXT. Register and please share this link as the WMC helps promote caring! https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=WMC2020
- Dozens of WMC Members contributed photos, write-ups, and videos for Pat Christian’s anniversary video gift to the club. Settle in and share in the memories in this WMC Happy Birthday/100th Anniversary YouTube video. Here is the link—https://youtu.be/J6Sd-_NUN_I Pat said if video does not start at beginning, manually move slider to the start. (BTW, that infamous “Rattlesnake bite on Wildcat Ridge” story is at 37:00).
- We are halfway to our initial goal of establishing the WMC Education Endowment for scholarships to support students in the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism department pursuing degrees focused in environmental health and community outdoor recreation. Click on this link https://wasatchmountainclub.org/centennial-education-endowment to donate directly to this endowment.
- The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library’s Utah Ski Archives is the largest archive of its kind, which is dedicated to the history of ski and snow sports in the Intermountain Region. In honor of the WMC Centennial, the U’s Marriott Library presented the History Maker Award to the Wasatch Mountain Club. To view the wonderful video they created of the the WMC's history click this link https://www.wasatchmountainclub.org/docs/history-maker-award-video-of-wmc-history.mp4
The club was formed in May 1920, on the heels of the most severe pandemic of the last century, followed by the Great Depression, World War II, the smallpox epidemic, polio, and more wars. Not only has the WMC survived, it has thrived. The Centennial is an opportunity for us to reflect on and honor this great organization, its founders, and 100 years of leadership and membership commitment to our core purpose:
- to promote the physical and spiritual well being of its members and others by outdoor activities;
- to unite the energy, interests and knowledge of students, explorers and lovers of the mountains, deserts and rivers of Utah;
- to collect and disseminate information regarding the Rocky Mountains in behalf of science, literature and art;
- to explore and picture the scenic wonders of this and surrounding states;
- to foster awareness of scenic beauties; and
- to encourage preservation of our natural areas including their plant, animal and bird life.
Join the Wasatch Mountain Club!
Become a member of the WMC as we launch our second century as custodians of our environment here in the Wasatch Front, and as active participants in backcountry skiing, backpacking, camping, canoeing, conservation pursuits, canyoneering, climbing, hiking, kayaking, mountaineering, mountain biking, river rafting, road biking, socializing, snowshoeing, and multi-day adventures. If you haven’t already done so, please consider joining us at a club activity. Many of our activities are open to non-members, and our schedule is available on our website, www.wasatchmountainclub.org, as well as via our monthly publication, The Rambler, (issues go back to 1922). Check out a brief description of our history and purpose. Our annual membership dues are quite reasonable (some would say ridiculously low), so membership is not really a cost of admission to participate in an activity. WMC membership commits to a larger purpose of supporting our organized outdoor recreation community and local conservation pursuits. It's easy to join us, and you can be part of a history that has come to define what makes living and playing in Utah so unique.